KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team competed in day two of the NCAA Division III National Championships at the University of Tennessee on Thursday, taking part in four events.
The Generals' top finish on the day came from the 200 free relay squad of sophomores Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and Tyler Gehrs (Alexandria, Va./St. Andrew's), and juniors Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) and Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery), who finished 17th with a time of 1:24.34. The squad just missed the qualifying mark for the evening competition, but will serve as an alternate in case any qualifying team is unable to compete.
In the 400 medley relay, junior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville), Dexter, Stirling and Sykes swam a time of 3:28.30, good for 20th place. However, the time did not advance them to this evening's finals.
Individually, Washnock swam in the 400 IM, while Stirling competed in the 100 fly. Washnock finished the 400 IM in 19th with a time of 4:04.96, while Stirling took 22nd in the 100 fly in a time of 50.17. Neither swimmer advanced to the finals.
The Generals return to the pool on Saturday for the final day of the National Championships.